Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Leanne. Stop by her blog Ironic Mom or Twitter and say hi! Thank you Leanne for your time.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hobbies? Kids? Married or rocking the single life?
I am the mother of six-year-old twins, whom I frequently refer to as Thing 1 and Thing 2. I grew up on a grain farm near Winnipeg, moved to Ontario for university, and eventually to Asia for eight years, which turned out to be a build-your-own-family adventure. I met my husband—an Edmonton native—in Bahrain, and we had twins while living in Bangkok. We moved to Calgary five years ago where I teach English full time. We used to travel.
2. Tell us about your blog. What do you blog about?
Ironic Mom is a humour blog about the misadventures of raising children. Perhaps my motto says it best: “If you can’t laugh at yourself, laugh at your kids.”
I’ve also recently started another blog with two writing friends, called Wordbitches. We are three sassy women who write three different genres. We also tweet daily—and have developed a community of writer tweep—who try to write 500 words a day. We tweet under the hashtag #wordbitches.
3. How long have you been blogging? Why did you start?
I started Ironic Mom in November 2009 with the post How Starting a Blog is Like Having Twins. I needed the discipline of writing regularly to boost my writing productivity and develop my voice. It’s been way more fun and interactive than I thought it would be. Wordbitches, my other blog, came to life in early January.
4. What do you hope to get out of blogging and what do you hope to give your readers?
I hope to capture the small moments of parenting that make us laugh. Blogging helps me walk around with my eyes open.
5. What is your favourite thing to do? No guilt. Something you love just for you.
I love wandering around book stores thumbing through books with a warm drink in my hand. I also love it when I get into the zen of writing, that time when nothing else seems to exist except the moment. Usually that fantasy is broken by my twins getting into a fist fight over what planet’s the hottest.
6. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Anything by Matt Andersen, Canada’s best voice. I’d like to curl up in it.
7. What is your favorite television program?
I have two. My guilty pleasure is House Hunters International, where I can pretend we’re shopping for homes in Tuscany and the Caribbean. My other favourite is The Office, which makes me laugh and cringe.
8. Are you reading anything good?
I just finished Freedom by Jonathan Franzen which I loved. Last night, I started Kathleen Winter’s Anabel. I am also in the middle of Carolyn See’s Making a Literary Life, a hilarious look at being a writer that’s filled with insight.
9. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m not sure I’ve grown up yet. When I was young, though, I wanted to be everything, including a doctor, an architect, and the CEO of a non-profit organization. Teaching was my fall back career. I’m glad I fell.
10. What was your favorite game as a child?
I loved role playing Charlie’s Angels with my sister in the woods behind our house. For lonely pursuits, I loved the game Simon, that primary coloured circle that took about $40 in batteries.
11. What’s the strangest talent you have?
I can sneeze like Donald Duck. I usually celebrate this on Useless Talent Day.
12. What is your best feature or trait?
I forgive easily and laugh more easily still.
13. Sweet or salty snacks?
Both: chocolate covered pretzels.
14. Favourite beverage?
Tea. Especially a Chai latte. I have a magnet above my workspace that says, “While there is tea, there is hope.”
15. Favourite food, care to share a recipe?
Anything I don’t have to cook, but I especially love Asian food: sushi, pho, dim sum, Thai, curries
16. Can you speak any other languages?
I’m functional in French, can bargain in Thai, and know numerous Arabic words.
17. Have your traveled? Where?
I traveled obsessively in my twenties and early thirties. I’ve been to more than twenty-five countries. I miss traveling; it’s where I find my adventuring self.
18. What is your all-time favourite movie?
I like dramas that make me think and cry (two things I rarely do), from classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and It’s a Wonderful Life to modern films like The King’s Speech. I also love documentaries.
19. Flats or heels?
20. Favourite quote?
On writing: “It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way” (E. L. Doctorow).
On parenting: “Having a baby is like suddenly getting the world’s worst roommate, like having Janis Joplin with a bad hangover and PMS come stay with you” (Anne Lamott). Here’s a list of more of my favourite parenting quotations.